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J. D. Salinger, Sugarcoated Melancholy and the Conspiracy of the Human Voice

Given that our most recent issue of The Mockingbird magazine opens with a quote from J. D. Salinger’s novel Franny and Zooey, I figured I would share something from one of his lesser-known pieces in print, the novella Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters. In the novella, Salinger has a way of playfully getting at […]

Can You See the Real Me? – David Zahl

The second video to be posted from our recent conference in NYC but the first to be recorded, this is from Thursday evening 4/3:

Can You See the Real Me? ~ David Zahl from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Another Week Ends: Motivated Podcasts, Inverted Envy, Doofus Batman, Evensong Revelations, Rowling Rewards, Salinger Silence, Denny Lives Again, and Watterson’s Speech

1. “Want to Win a Political Debate? Try Making a Weaker Argument” reads a headline over at The Pacific Standard, and what follows is a helpful refresher on the overpowering role of self-image when it comes to argumentation. In very Haidt-esque fashion, and with the help of some fresh research, the article claims that the […]

A Few Thanksgivings: Salinger’s Hapworth Dances with Jesus and Bill Fay

You may know that J.D. Salinger’s final published work was “Hapworth 16, 1924”, a novella which took up 81 pages of the 6/19/65 issue of The New Yorker (i.e. the entire issue). I only found out about it a couple of weeks ago. You see, although Salinger considered it “a high point of his writing,” […]

More 2011 Favorites: Books, Documentaries, Musical Discoveries and Web

Books and Film Favorite Piece of Fiction (Read During 2011): Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger. Not just a favorite of the year, but a favorite, period. It’s a rare work of art indeed that can shed light on both The Royal Tenenbaums and the Jesus Prayer. Unbelievably wise, delightfully funny and deeply religious (in […]

Parsing Divine Love and Sentimentality in J.D. Salinger’s “Teddy”

From the last, and arguably best, of the Nine Stories, in which an intellectual converses with the pre-pubescent guru after whom the story is named: “You love God, don’t you? Nicholson asked, with a little excess of quietness. “Isn’t that your forte, so to speak? From what I heard on that tape and from what […]

Franny and Zooey and the Son of God Who Throws Tables Around

Why did no one ever tell me that Franny and Zooey was all about Jesus? I feel duped. But at least I have a new favorite book… and an even deeper appreciation for The Royal Tenenbaums. Here are a few of the many memorable quotes on the subject of, you know, Our Lord in Salinger’s […]

Three More from Franny and Zooey

“Just because I’m so horribly conditioned to accept everybody else’s values, and just because I like applause and people to rave about me, doesn’t make it right. I’m ashamed of it. I’m sick of it. I’m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody. I’m sick of myself and everybody else that […]

Psychoanalysis and the Grace of God in Franny and Zooey

From pp 109-110 of J.D. Salinger’s other masterpiece: “I don’t know,” he said. “It seems to me there must be a psychoanalyst holed up somewhere in town who’d be good for Franny — I thought about that last night.”  [Zooey] grimaced slightly. “But I don’t happen to know of any.  For a psychoanalyst to be […]

J.D. Salinger and the Apple-Eaters

A great little exchange from his short story, “Teddy”: “Nicholson looked up at (Teddy), and sustained the look — detaining him.  ‘What would you do if  you could ever change the educational system?’ he asked ambiguously. ‘Ever think about that at all?.’ … ‘Well… I’m not too sure what I’d do,’ Teddy said.  ‘I know […]

Salinger as Preacher: Clear Speech and Childlike Enchantment

While we’re on the topic of preaching pointers from surprising places…

Adam Gopnik’s brief piece in the Feb. 8 issue of The New Yorker, makes some observations about the late J.D. Salinger’s work which are extremely applicable to preaching. Gopnik writes:

“The message of [Salinger’s] writing was always the same: that, amid the malice and falseness of social life, redemption rises from clear speech and childlike enchantment, from all the forms of unself-conscious innocence that still surround us… 

Writing, real writing, is done not from some seat of fussy moral judgment but with the eye and ear and heart…”